The Coming of the Night

The Coming of the Night John Rechy s new novel is a return to the themes and scenes of his classic best selling City of Night and a bittersweet memorial to a lost world gay Los Angeles in the moment before AIDS It is

  • Title: The Coming of the Night
  • Author: John Rechy
  • ISBN: 9780802137425
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • John Rechy s new novel is a return to the themes and scenes of his classic, best selling City of Night and a bittersweet memorial to a lost world gay Los Angeles in the moment before AIDS It is 1981, a summer night, and an unscripted ritual is about to take place Young, beautiful Jesse is celebrating one year on the dazzling gay scene and plans to lose himself completJohn Rechy s new novel is a return to the themes and scenes of his classic, best selling City of Night and a bittersweet memorial to a lost world gay Los Angeles in the moment before AIDS It is 1981, a summer night, and an unscripted ritual is about to take place Young, beautiful Jesse is celebrating one year on the dazzling gay scene and plans to lose himself completely in its transient pleasures He is joined by Dave, a leatherman bent on testing limits A young hustler, an opera lover lost in fantasies of youth, a gang of teenagers looking for trouble as the Santa Ana winds breathe fire down the hills of Los Angeles, stirring up desires and violence, these men circle ever closer to a confrontation as devastating as it is inevitable Lyrical, humorous, and compassionate, The Coming of the Night proves again that as a novelist and chronicler of gay life John Rechy has no equal The question Rechy asks is still potent Would you die for sex Rechy s sizzling literary response, The Coming of Night is as exciting as it is chilling Pamela Warrick, Los Angeles Times Rechy very nearly touches greatness feeling his way toward that place within each of us where the ecstatic teeters on the edge of psychic abyss A substantial artist Frank Browning, Salon.

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  • John Rechy

    John Rechy is an American author, the child of a Scottish father and a Mexican American mother In his novels he has written extensively about homosexual culture in Los Angeles and wider America, and is among the pioneers of modern LGBT literature Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed to Chicano literature, especially with his novel The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, which is taught in several Chicano literature courses in the United States His work has often faced censorship due to its sexual content, particularly but not solely in the 1960s and 1970s, but books such as City of Night have been best sellers, and he has many literary admirers.

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  • Open this book to any page and you'll be bombarded with one graphic, gratuitous, poorly written, laugh out loud sex scene after another (Oh yeah baby give it to me, that's it like that . . . seriously that's how inane the dialogue is). Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Rechy's and some of his work is downright brilliant. I loved City of Night, This Day's Death, The Fourth Angel and especially Bodies and Souls. However, The Coming of the Night is a thinly vieled excuse for straight up porn. [...]


  • Jesse, who is arguably the main character, only because the novel starts and ends with him, thinks, in the opening segment of the book, that he “[can] hardly wait for the coming of the night.” The “the” in the title is significant, because the book is not about the coming of Jesse’s night, of that particular night for all the characters—the events of the novel, apart from a single flashback that runs through one character’s mind, taking place over one Saturday in the Summer of 1981 [...]


  • I enjoyed this a lot and will continue with other Rechy books. I read City of Night first and this second. This is no City of Night but it was good, and I do still give very high marks, both to Mr. Rechy for not resting on his laurels and for writing something new, and for the book itself, very entertaining and thoughtful.This book is a snapshot of gay culture in 1982, when the first whispers of AIDS were starting. I expected the book to eventually step into the AIDS crisis but it never does, ma [...]


  • This is tricky to put a rating on because i spent most of my time reading this book not liking it. The characters seem more like types or viewpoints than people: their inner monologues are often similar and interchangable, their arcs are small and none of them are really sympathetic. Parts of the story are frankly unbelievable, sections of the writing are clunky and uneven and some of the narrative is repetitive to the point of irritation. (Maybe that's the point, but come on!!!!) And, honestly, [...]


  • A blend of faux-porn and satire, The Coming of the Night reminds us that in the so-called golden years or the glory days of gay sexual liberation (ie pre-Aids) the community suffered from racism, ageism, lookism and the merciless snap judgements of ruthless size queens. While evoking porn conventions in this work (and explicitly mocking them in the porn shoot sequences), Rechy repeatedly veers off from the predictable erotic outcomes at the last moment, as characters judge and reject each other [...]


  • Rechy's work to me is the epitome of proper gay literature. His work is gritty, profane and immensely engaging. I live for this man's prose since I first discovered him as a young boy at the tender and impressionable age of 16 (and this was many moons ago). Coming of the Night hold a very high place on my reading shelf (both physically and on my e-reader). If you've never read this man's work, do yourself a favor and do it - now!It was because of his books (and Coming was certainly no different) [...]


  • I really cannot withstand reading one more pre-AIDS gay book. I came out as gay when I was 16, and I'm not entirely sure I would have liked this book way back then. Even with the sex, it's just a big ol' bore.Rechy is an interesting person, and I loved his book of essays. His fiction always has seemed second rate to me though. I only started this because I had bought it over a year ago, and it seemed so sad on my bookshelf. Back on the shelf you! Until I can pawn it off on a newly out gay man, w [...]


  • The Coming of the Night is literature of the first order. Structure feeding the narrative, tight personal narration moving with a nearly anonymous shifting of perspective, poetry both delicious and offensive, this novel captures a crystal unique moment in the history of interpersonal emotions. It is a masterpiece.


  • A bold, scathing look at the carefree, gay community of southern California in 1982. Rechy used this running story line of several characters and the lives and choices they make over one hot summer night as an indictment of the sexual recklessness of gay men in those last days before AIDS.


  • The "big conclusion" was not inevitably worth trudging through the rest of the book. I felt at times I was just not 'getting it' because for such a lauded author to use such dull prose and inane dialogue over saturated, graphic sex just made it feel like reading trashy erotica.



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